US poet Amanda Gorman set to release poetry collections and children's book


There will be no shortage of Gorman books this year, with her poetry collections and children's picture book set for release. Photo: Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House has acquired four books from Amanda Gorman, the young American poet who moved people around the world with her poem The Hill We Climb at US President Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan 20.

This news comes after Gorman’s reading of her work Chorus Of The Captains at the Super Bowl on Feb 7, where she blazed yet another trail as the first poet to read at this huge American cultural event.

“I am excited so to be working with Vintage and Puffin on my poetry and my children’s books. They have such a clear vision, it was obvious that they understood me and my values," said Gorman in a media statement.

Vintage imprint Chatto & Windus will publish a special edition of Gorman’s poem The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem on March 30 and her breakout poetry collection The Hill We Climb And Other Poems on Sept 21.

Also on Sept 21, Penguin Random House Children’s imprint Puffin will publish Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem. A second, untitled picture book has been acquired, too.

In Change Sings, Gorman demonstrates that anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes – big or small – in the world, in their communities, and most importantly, in themselves.

With lyrical, rhythmic text and illustrations by award-winning illustrator Loren Long (I Dream Of Trains by Angela Johnson, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters by Barack Obama) that build to a dazzling crescendo, Change Sings is a call to action for everyone to use their abilities to make a difference.

"I am just so thrilled that we will be collaborating together and bringing my words to the rest of the world. I can’t wait to get started, ” added Gorman.

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